Wage theft

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Stolen wages
NARROWER TERMS
Guide

Working better

From July 2021, it becomes a crime for an employer in Victoria to dishonestly withhold wages or other employee entitlements. This kit provides a suite of resources in a variety of formats to communicate these new laws.
Report

Wage theft: the shadow market

The exploitation of temporary migrant workers in Australia is a common and known problem that appears to be endemic throughout Australian workplaces. This report focuses on the audit results of foreign language jobs advertised in NSW, excluding the horticultural industry.
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Blue harvest

Wage theft remains rampant in Australian horticulture, even during COVID-19. This investigative report explores the nature of underpayment and worker exploitation in northern NSW’s blueberry industry, unearthing allegations and evidence of gross underpayment and abuse inflicted upon working holiday-makers and others.
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Food precincts investigations: Melbourne laneways and Brisbane’s West End

Describing a recent investigation of 49 fast food, café and restaurant businesses in Melbourne’s Degraves Street and Hardware Lane and Brisbane’s West End, this report outlines the recovery of $1,212,727 in unpaid wages to potentially vulnerable young workers such as university students.
Briefing paper

Wage Theft Bill 2020: Bill Brief

This Bill Brief provides an overview of the Victorian Wage Theft Bill 2020.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Did the Pope declare wage theft a mortal sin that reaps eternal punishment?

The union movement has enlisted the opinion of an unlikely ally in its campaign to make wage theft a crime. Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus has told her Twitter followers that the Pope declared wage theft a mortal sin, which mea
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Inquiry into wage theft in Western Australia

This inquiry, undertaken by former Chief Commissioner of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Tony Beech, found that wage theft is occurring through underpayment of wages and entitlements, non-payment of wages or allowances for work performed, unauthorised or unreasonable deductions and non-payment of superannuation.
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Ending wage theft: eradicating underpayment in the Australian workplace

This report outlines how state and federal governments can do more to eradicate the underpayment of wages in Australia.
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The economic impact of wage theft in South Australia

This report explores the economic impact of wage theft in South Australia. Wage theft is widespread and likely growing, impacting up to 170,000 South Australian workers to varying degrees, and almost certainly costing South Australian workers, collectively, more than $500 million a year.
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Report of the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce

The Migrant Workers’ Taskforce, chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, with Dr David Cousins AM as Deputy Chair, was established as part of the federal government’s response to the revelation of significant wage underpayments in certain industry sectors. This report provides a summary of the...